"When a child comes in, I believe that it's a 'multipersonhood,' and it knows it, its consciousness knows it, and it has a nuclei in the center of its consciousness that is the repository of all experience and all knowledge. And when you look in the eyes of your baby and you feel this sense that they are an old soul, I believe indeed they are."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Shirley MacLaine on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Shirley MacLaine on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Shirley MacLaine on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Shirley MacLaine on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Shirley MacLaine on Mark Twain
"I've gotten crankier in my old age."
"I'd like to introduce someone who has just come into my life. I've admired him for 35 years. He's someone who represents integrity, honesty, art, and on top of that stuff I'm actually sleeping with him."
"I wasn't afraid of getting old, because I was never a great beauty."
"I mean, no one asks beauty secrets of me, or 'What size do you wear?' or 'Who's your couturier?' They ask me about really deep things and I love that."
"Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready for it instead of always when it is too late. Someday change will be accepted as life itself."